We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.

We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.

We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.

We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.

Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.

Accion Fraterna Ecology Centre, Anantapuramu

Accion Fraterna trains 3,000 master farmers in Anantapuramu district of AP in natural farming, demonstrates drought mitigation strategies in three agro-climatic clusters, and builds self-reliant farmers' institutions.

ACWADAM (Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management), Pune

ACWADAM is active across India piloting projects in aquifer-based groundwater management, documenting and sharing knowledge, in order to inform policy as well as bring about greater participation from community stakeholders.

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Ahmedabad

AKRSP is shoring up the economic independence of 15,000 Adivasi farmer households in five districts of Madhya Pradesh, setting up women’s self-help groups, boosting community-based institutions, and promoting sustainable agriculture through water and land resource development.

Centre for Collective Development (CCD), Bengaluru

The NGO is scaling up work with 60 cooperatives covering 3,222 farmers in Anantapur district, AP, giving them management and technical training, supply inputs, exploring new markets, crop assessment surveys, providing storage facilities for “pool and sell”, and enhancing their savings and working capital.

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad

Resource persons to train 5,000 master farmers in natural farming, develop standards for farmer certification and create innovation hubs of best farming practices. The aim is also to improve market access and prices for farmer institutions--across Kadapa, Anantapuramu and Vizianagaram districts of AP. 

Cohesion and Working Group for Women and Land Ownership (WGWLO), Ahmedabad

The NGO is helping 5,000 women farmers in 12 districts of Gujarat generate more income, become aware of land rights, training them as leaders to service Land Legal Literacy Centres, linking their organisations to Government structures for land ownership and promoting digital literacy so they take up sustainable agriculture.

Development Support Centre (DSC), Ahmedabad

The NGO will enhance the livelihoods and incomes of 4,500 Adivasi farm households in Gujarat’s Aravalli district. There will be cropping practices for better soil health, improved agricultural productivity, enterprise development and strengthening of farmer producer organisations. 

Jattu Trust, Vizianagaram

The NGO is to set up a cadre of 3,500 master farmers in AP’s Vizianagaram district and develop strong farmer’s institutions to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. There also will be campaigns and communication material on natural farming.

Kovel Foundation, Visakhapatnam

The NGO is to train 6,800 master farmers, integrate natural farming with tribal livelihoods, engage tribals specialising in forest produce and build farmers’ institutions for marketing. The plan is also to develop business plans that support market linkages. Across 5 districts of Andra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, East Godavari, West Godavari, Kurnool

Parivarttan, Malkangiri

Parivarttan is bettering the lives of 5,000 Adivasi women and men farmers in the rainfed Malkangiri district of Odisha, by promoting community seed banks, community management of resources, and collaborating with community institutions and the Government to train Adivasis as entrepreneurs in fish rearing and millet processing. 


The NGO is to increase the incomes of 33,000 women farmers by 60% in three years through farm and non-farm livelihoods. There will be development of women’s self help groups, better participation in gram sabha meetings and village development, and linkages to banks and employment guarantee schemes.

Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resource and Nature (PRAN), Gaya

PRAN is enhancing the food security of 2,500 small and marginal women farmers of Nawada district, Bihar by promoting crop diversity through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method, organising women farmers’ groups to adopt and share this, encouraging sharecropping, kitchen gardening and, making it viable for the landless to rear small ruminants.

Rongmei Naga Baptist Association (RNBA), Imphal

RNBA is boosting the incomes and wellbeing of 2,300 small tribal farmers in Manipur (hill districts of Chandel and Tamenglong), a valley district of East Imphal – 15 tribal villages and five Meitei villages), through market linkages, ensuring land rights, crop diversity and integrated farming systems--System Rice Intensification (SRI) method and Khaichum traditional fish rearing in paddy fields, so as to boost yields as well.

Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS), Gunturu

Boost incomes and yields of 500,000 farm households across AP by cutting risks and cultivation costs through climate-resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). Farmers to turn into community resource persons, actively take up marketing, water and infrastructure management. A Technical Support Unit will be embedded within RySS to extend CRZBNF within and outside the state. 

Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS), Dewas

SPS is helping 10,000 small and marginal Adivasi farmers in Dewas and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh by aiding them in watershed treatment, livestock management, sustainable agriculture and, by promoting farmer producer organisations for market linkages as also women’s self-help groups for financial inclusion.

Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA), Bongaigaon

SeSTA is aiming to increase the incomes of 5,000 tribal women farmers in Bongaigaon and Goalpara districts of Assam, by Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 a year and boost food security to 8-12 months-- through livelihood and village development, upping agri productivity, strengthening farmer producer organisations, enhancing collective bargaining power and market linkages.

SRIJAN - Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action, Delhi

The NGO works with small and marginal farmers among the rural poor in order to overcome their vulnerability. By building community institutions, raising annual incomes by Rs 50,000 and creating sustainable replicable livelihoods cluster models. Based in Gaya, Bihar.

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), Pune

Swayam Shiksan Prayog empowers 8,000 women farmers in Maharashtra through resilient farming systems. It strengthens and mainstreams the Sakhi Food Security Agriculture Model. It identifies and trains women as community resource persons so they can mobilise women farmers, and ensure their access to benefits and government agriculture schemes. 

Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar

Vasundhara is working with Adivasis and forest-dependent communities in 100 villages across Odisha to make them aware of their rights to natural resources under the Forest Rights Act 2006, acquire land tenure and attain ecological security. It is also helping Adivasi women’s co-operatives market forest produce.

Vrutti, Bengaluru

Vrutti is promoting farmers as entrepreneurs and farming as an enterprise to boost livelihood security among 12,500 farmers in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. It also provides farm inputs, marketing support, access to entitlements, insurance and income diversification.

WASSAN - Watershed Support Services and Activities Network, Hyderabad

WASSAN is improving the livelihoods of 6,400 small and marginal Adivasi farmers across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by promoting crop diversity, demonstrating drought-resistant, sustainable agricultural practices; evolving policies for rainfed agriculture in dry areas. It is enabling farmers' co-operatives to run Business Information Centres to share knowledge and innovative scale up methods with the State Governments and other partners.

WASSAN - Watershed Support Services and Activities Network, Hyderabad

WASSAN will help small and marginal farmers across Andhra Pradesh adapt to climate variability through adoption of integrated farming systems to bolster the practice of climate resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). It will leverage resources from and mainstream integrated farming systems within government departmental programmes.